I wrote this blog awhile back entitled “Happier As An Atheist?” It was not hostile toward non-atheists, it did not proclaim atheistic superiority, and was only a very relaxed blog about something I randomly found that contradicted the stereotype that non-believers are less happy than believers. The blog was interesting I thought and the comments were rich and intelligent and stimulating. As part of the blog I invited people of all beliefs to contradict my findings with their own and I invited former atheists, christians, and believers in anything else to chime in and say whether they are more happy with their worldview than their previous one. I tried as hard as I could to be non-judgemental and even-handed. And the results I got were interesting. Here I will break down the results:
Left hateful/bitter comments:
Happier as an atheist:
About the same as an atheist:
Happier as a theist:
About the same as a theist:
Randomly attacked evolution for no reason:
Now of course this is not a scientific sampling for many reasons, but like the original blog I thought the results were interesting. And honestly even though I was surprised at the time by the lopsidedness of the responses despite my having many religious readers, I wasn’t going to blog about it until I happened across this douchebag’s counter-blog which called me a pedophile, “gay fucking retard” and many other insults simply for being an atheist and writing the other blog. So in the name of that age old calling of “screw that guy, he’s a real douchebag”, I give you the responses of my previous blog.
Oh, and apparently google is kind of whacky, now it says “about” 200 results for “I am happier as a christian”, but only shows a small portion even when you ask it to include redundancies. It’s worth noting that many if not most of the results are now my blog and responses to it (70% of the hits on the first page are now from xanga), and that the “happier as an atheist” hits have also gone up.
But as google results change over time, please bear this in mind and don’t accuse me of lying about the results. The ones I posted were the results before I posted the blog and before the following comments, response blogs, response blog comments and so forth. It’s worth mentioning that my blog and it’s responses are the only place the phrases “I am happier as a jew” and “I am happier as a muslim” appear on the internet in the english language, which is remarkable.